Shooting After Shooting–What Do We Have Left?

Yesterday was just like any other day, until I got a text from my brother-in-law. All it said was “27 people killed at an elementary school shooting in Connecticut; 18 were kids.” A familiar feeling came over me; the same feeling I had when I heard about the Colorado shooting, and the Amish shooting, and the sikh shooting. I felt heavy. What makes this so much more vile is the ages of the victims. What can be done about this?

Every blogger in the world will be writing about this shooting today; and every blogger will be arguing over gun control. Politicians and pundits jumped on the gun control issue within hours of the shooting.

Rupert Murdoch Tweeted: “Terrible news today. When will politicians find courage to ban automatic weapons? As in Oz after similar tragedy.”

Mayor of Boston, Thomas Menino said:

“As a Mayor who has witnessed too many lives forever altered by gun violence, it is my responsibility to fight for action. Today’s tragedy reminds us that now is the time for action. Innocent children will now never attend a prom, never play in a big game, never step foot on a college campus. Now is the time for a national policy on guns that takes the loopholes out of the laws, the automatic weapons out of our neighborhoods and the tragedies like today out of our future.”

Mayor of New York City, Michael Bloomberg said:

“With all the carnage from gun violence in our country, it’s still almost impossible to believe that a mass shooting in a kindergarten class could happen. It has come to that. Not even kindergarteners learning their A,B,Cs are safe. We heard after Columbine that it was too soon to talk about gun laws. We heard it after Virginia Tech. After Tucson and Aurora and Oak Creek. And now we are hearing it again. For every day we wait, 34 more people are murdered with guns. Today, many of them were five-year olds.”

In the face of all of this violence, what can be done? What is the source of the violence? Advocates on the Left and some on the Right will argue that guns are the problem; but is that the case? If there wasn’t someone pulling the trigger, the gun wouldn’t fire. So, if we are looking at this situation, and situations like this, from a standpoint of root cause, the gun is just a middle-man.

Rush Limbaugh, on his Friday show, said this:

”By the way, to all you leftists…trying to find a way to get rid of guns, trying to find a way to politicize this and advance your agenda, let me just point out we had guns 30, 40, 50, a hundred years ago, and we didn’t have mass murders every other month…So what’s changed? It is not the number of guns that’s changed. If you people on the left are so eager to control things, we actually need some values control. We actually need some social guardrails.”

Rush makes a very interesting point. It is not guns that are the cause, but a culture that has slipped farther and farther away from morality. So much has changed for the better in America since our independence, but what has changed for the worse is our moral fiber.

Many people look to acts like these and cry out for gun control. If we’d only eliminate guns, we would be safer. But it’s not the guns that are the problem; it’s people using them maliciously. If we ban guns, evil people will use explosives, or knives, or bows and arrows, or they will kill people using their own hands. Stricter gun laws are like giving cough medicine to someone with the plague.

According to Ben Shapiro: “Connecticut has some of the most restrictive gun control laws in the country, and it seems that the shooter obtained his guns legally.”

So if stricter gun laws did nothing to prevent this shooting, what is left to be done? We can either arm our teachers, like Israel, or we can take off our blinders and stare the root problem right in the face. We are a rotting culture. We have walked so far away from our moral beginnings that we can no longer see where we started. It is not guns that are the problem; it is the decomposing moral fiber of our nation.

What are we left with? Some blame guns, some blame culture; the debate will continue.

But in the end, this debate over guns is not what matters. What matters is that we remember those who passed, those they left behind; and pray for the future. I pray that we will recover our sense of morality, and that we will find the way back to where we came. Not everyone has clear vision, so it is our responsibility to be the leaders. It is up to each of us to stand for what is right, oppose what is evil, and lead others on our way back home. I will end this with a quote from J.R.R. Tolkien:

“The world is indeed full of peril and in it there are many dark places. But still there is much that is fair. And though in all lands, love is now mingled with grief, it still grows, perhaps, the greater.”